Public Service Medal

Significance

The Public Service Medal recognises outstanding service by employees of the Australian Government and state, territory and local government employees. ‘Outstanding service’ could be shown through:

  • service excellence to the public, or to external or internal clients;
  • innovation in programme, project or policy development;
  • leadership, including as a member of a team; or
  • the achievement of more efficient processes, improved productivity or better service delivery.

History

There is a long tradition in Commonwealth nations of recognising employees for outstanding public service.

Members of the Australian Public Service used to be rewarded through the Imperial Honours system with awards similar to their British counterparts. This ceased in 1975 when the Order of Australia was established.

The Australian Public Service Medal was established on 18 October 1989 by Letters Patent.

Past recipients

Recipients of the Public Service Medal come from a range of levels and areas across Australia, state, territory and local governments.

Read about Mr Bob Stirling PSM who received a medal in 2003 for his role in improving Australia 's quarantine effectiveness.

Search the Australian Honours List for past recipients of the Public Service Medal.

View the numbers awarded for the Public Service Medal.

How it is awarded

The Public Service Medal acknowledges outstanding service by employees of the Australian Government and state, territory and local government employees.

The various Public Service Medal Committees consider nominations for eligible employees.

Committees meet twice a year to consider nominations for the Australia Day and Queen’s Birthday honours lists. Closing dates for nominations should be checked with individuals Committee Secretariats but are generally 1 February and 1 August each year.

After considering the nominations, the committee recommends a list of proposed recipients to the Minister or Premier, who then makes a recommendation to the Governor-General who has the authority to approve awards.

There is an annual quota for each government public service, with a total of 100 medals awarded every year.

A person may only receive the Public Service Medal once and is entitled to the post-nominal PSM.

The award is announced on Australia Day (26 January) and the Queen’s Birthday (June) each year.

For nominations for Public Service Medals for state, territory and local government see more information in this section.

Medal design

Public Service Medal - frontPublic Service Medal - back

Public Service Medal - front and back

The Public Service Medal is a circular nickel-silver medal ensigned with a Federation Star.

The front of the medal shows an inner circle with four planetary gears spaced equally around a sun gear. It is surrounded by the words 'Public Service'. An outer circle shows 36 human figures symbolising a range of occupations and activities.

The back of the medal displays a wreath of mimosa surrounding the inscription 'For Outstanding Service'.

The Public Service Medal was designed by Mr Stuart Devlin AO CMG.

Medal ribbon

The 32 millimetre-wide ribbon features the national colours of green and gold in a vertical striped pattern.

Nomination forms

Download a copy of the Public Service Medal nomination form:

Print fact sheet

The information on this page is available as a printable fact sheet:

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More information

For more information on making a nomination for the Public Service Medal contacts:

Australian Government
The Secretary
PSM Committee Secretariat
Honours, Symbols and Territories Branch
Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
PO Box 6500
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Australia

Telephone: 02 6271 5601
Fax: 02 6271 5662

New South Wales
Ms Elissa Callaghan
A/g Senior Project Officer
Protocol and Special Events
NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 5341
SYDNEY NSW 2001

Telephone: (02) 9228 4513
Email: awards@dpc.nsw.gov.au

South Australia
Ms Clare Hennessy
Services Division
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Level 16, State Administration Centre
200 Victoria Square
ADELAIDE SA 5000

Telephone: (08) 8226 3502
Fax: (08) 8226 4040
Email:hennessy.clare@dpc.sa.gov.au

Victoria
Senior Protocol Officer
Strategic Communication and Protocol Branch
Department of Premier and Cabinet
1 Treasury Place
EAST MELBOURNE VIC 3002

Telephone: (03) 9651 2366
Fax: (03) 9651 5360
Email: protocol@dpc.vic.gov.au

Tasmania
Ms Fiona Birkett
State Protocol Officer
GPO Box 123
HOBART TAS 7001

Telephone: (03)6270 5671
Email:protocol@dpac.tas.gov.au

Queensland
Director
Protocol Queensland
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
PO Box 15185
CITY EAST QLD 4002

Telephone: (07) 3239 3731 or (07) 3224 4802
Email: protocol@premiers.qld.gov.au

Western Australia
Mr Mike O’Callaghan
Principal Policy Officer
Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Locked Bag 3001
WEST PERTH WA 6872

Phone: (08) 6552 5928

Australian Capital Territory
Manager
Chief Minister's Support and Protocol
Chief Minister's Department
GPO Box 158
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Phone: (02) 6205 0192
Email:govtsupport@act.gov.au

Northern Territory
Ms Jenny Stephensen
Director
Strategic Workplace Planning and Development
Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment
GPO Box 4371
DARWIN NT 0801

Phone: (08) 8999 4137
Email: swpd.ocpe@nt.gov.au

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Last Updated: 12 July, 2013